Saturday, June 25, 2005

Naxalites loot cash, torch petrol pump in Bihar

Sunday June 26 2005 00:00 IST

PTI

GAYA: In continuing Naxalite violence in Bihar, heavily armed ultras attacked a petrol pump run by the son of a rjd leader and looted nearly Rs seven lakh before setting it afire in Gaya district, police said on Saturday.

More than 60 Naxalites of CPI(Maoist) attacked the petrol pump taken on lease and run by Pramod Kumar Yadav, son of RJD MLA of the dissolved house Rajendra Yadav, near Saraunji village late Friday night and looted Rs 96,000 in cash and bank drafts for over Rs 6 lakh.

The attackers also set fire to the petrol pump.

Rajendra Yadav and his son are wanted in connection with a murder in Dariapur village of the district on February 28, the police said.

Twenty Naxalites, including the founder of the ultra left movement in North Bihar Moiuddin Mian, a CRPF havildar, a police constable and a bank security guard were killed in Naxalite attack and subsequent police action in East Champaran district on Thursday.

Comrades conspiring to create chaos?

BY TAVLEEN SINGH

The comrades claim to speak for the ‘people’ but they have never led an agitation demanding that the people get that most fundamental of human needs: water



It is important if you are an honest political pundit to be truthful about what you despise in politics so let me begin by stating that I despise Indian communists and socialists. It’s true that there are criminals in politics, these days, and gormless heirs who sit in parliament and the assemblies only because Mummy or Daddy gave them a seat and there are bimbos and bimbettes who get into politics because of some political sugar daddy but all of these are better than communists and socialists. Why? They rarely have a political opinion and so cause less damage.

Communists and socialists, on the other hand, have an opinion on everything under the sun and usually it is the wrong opinion. Let us begin with the hike in the price of petrol and diesel that finally came last week. The Marxist reaction was hysteria and threats. The Bharatiya Janata Party reacted similarly but their economic confusion would take a whole column to explain so this week I am going to stick to analysing the left.

The comrades went on national television to threaten murder and mayhem. They would not allow ‘anti-people’ measures, they screeched, they would start a ‘nationwide’ agitation. They have never been able to organise a nationwide agitation because luckily for us they do not exist nationwide but going on national television to shout and scream is a good way to create a ‘nationwide’ impression. And, poor Mani Shankar Aiyar, who had been a card-holding comrade, looked sheepish and mumbled apologetically. “We have basically gone back to the principle of equitable burden-sharing by consumers, government and the oil companies.”



What Comrade Mani did not dare admit was that keeping petrol and diesel prices low despite the worldwide rise in oil prices has meant that our oil companies have made a collective loss of Rs 17,000 crore on the sale of petrol and diesel. What Comrade Mani will not say is that less than 4% of Indian families own a car and that nobody in India who can afford one is poor. Those who do own cars can easily afford to pay Rs 2.50 paise more per litre for petrol and Rs 2 more for diesel.

The ‘people’ in our fair and wondrous land have only the bicycle as a means of private transport and it requires neither petrol nor diesel. Yet, the comrades claim that they speak for the people. The comrades claim to speak for the ‘people’ but please observe that they have never led an agitation demanding that the people get that most fundamental of human needs: water.

Across the country this summer we have seen desperate people out in the streets demanding water. In Rajasthan police opened fire in Tonk two weeks ago on farmers demanding water but our comrades remained silent. In Maharashtra desperate people have been in the streets protesting for months against the endless power cuts they face, the endless shortages of water, and again the comrades have remained silent. Nobody is more affected by shortages of electricity and water than the ‘people’ but the comrades remain silent.

Ask me why and I will tell you. Ever since India became independent, communists and socialists have occupied the political high ground when it comes to speaking for the people and they have gone unchallenged largely because nearly all our major political parties are Leftist in one way or other. This is why India is one of the few countries in the world where the worldwide collapse of communism has gone almost unnoticed. Communism failed in the Soviet Union, it was kicked out of Eastern Europe, in Berlin the ‘people’ tore the wall down and in China the oligarchs who rule quietly junked Marxism for ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics’ which if you visit China you will see is an aggressive form of capitalism.

These immense political changes have been debated across the world but not in India, at least not seriously. Occasionally, you will see in some of our more highbrow newspapers analysis of what went wrong with communism but generally we continue to pretend that these events never occurred. Comrades Karat, Yechury, Bardhan et al are on television these days every day being interviewed by our best and brightest journalists and yet I cannot remember one occasion on which they have been asked why communism failed internationally.

So they continue to spout rubbish and we continue to listen. Comrade Mani Shankar, honourable Minister in the Sonia-Manmohan government recently wrote to the Finance Minister urging him not to consider selling off the ‘family silver’. As a good comrade he would not dare admit that there is very little ‘family silver’ worth keeping because the thousands and thousands of crore rupees of our money that has been wasted on the public sector has mostly gone down the drain.

Had it been spent on electricity, drinking water and roads nobody would have benefited more than ‘the people’ in whose name people like Comrade Mani claim to speak. And, here we come to the most puzzling aspect. Why do communists and socialists invariably oppose things that would be of real benefit to the people and support those that they know mean nothing to them at all?

Frankly, I do not know but as an incorrigible conspiracy theorist I believe that the communists who support this ‘bourgeois’ government secretly want it to fail. They have been so unsuccessful in building a nationwide base in India that, in my view, they want poverty, chaos and despair to rise to such heights that there will, at last, come a revolution. Sounds crazy? Well, chew on it friends, keep in mind that two new districts fall to Naxalite hands every week, that whole swathes of India are already controlled by Naxalites and you may discover that conspiracy theories can sometimes be right.

Bihar seeks help prevent to Maoist infiltration

Patna | June 25, 2005 3:44:06 PM IST

IANS: Patna, June 25 : Alarmed by the biggest attack ever by Maoist guerrillas in Bihar, the state government has urged the central government to take immediate steps to stop Maoist infiltration from Nepal.

The state government has also asked New Delhi to beef up security along the 735 km stretch of the Indo-Nepal border in Bihar's northern districts.

"The government had expressed its helplessness to initiate strong measures to check if not fully stop the entry of Maoists from Nepal and control their activities," an official of Bihar's home department said.

More than 300 Maoist guerrillas, including dozens of women in olive green military uniform, attacked the Madhuban bazaar in Bihar's East Champaran district Thursday afternoon.

The rebels opened fire and set the police station and block office ablaze, killing four people including two policemen.

They also looted cash from the local branch of the State Bank of India, Central Bank and local treasury and attacked a petrol pump.

Inspector General of Police R.R. Verma said a large number of Maoists from Nepal and women participated in the attack.

Bihar police chief Ashish Ranjan Sinha said there were reports of increasing entry of Nepalese Maoists in Bihar's border districts for medical treatment and for shelter following military operation against them in Nepal.

Police admit they were not aware of hundreds of Maoist rebels entering the area.

"Yes, in a way it was an intelligence failure," said Gupteshwar Pandey, the deputy inspector general of police.

In a counter attack, police killed over a dozen guerrillas.

Officials say this was the first time Indian Maoists ganged up in such large numbers to stage a daring attack anywhere in the country since a Maoist movement broke out in 1967.

(IANS)

Chhattisgarh to back villagers’ battle against Maoists

IANS Raipur June 25: The Chhattisgarh government pledged on Saturday to provide ‘ideological support’ besides food and medicines to the villagers who broke out in armed revolt against Maoist guerrillas in the Bastar region last week.“These villagers had extended support to the rebels for years. Now they have risen in an armed revolt against them. Chief Minister, Raman Singh decided in a meeting on Friday that this was a rare opportunity to crush Maoism,” a home ministry official told IANS on Saturday.

“We decided to send officers to go to battle field and see the real protest and fuel villagers’ outburst against the rebels,” the official said. “We have reports that the Maoists have launched a massive counter attack on the villagers, and we want to ensure that they do not surrender to the Maoists.”

The Home Minister, Mr Ramvichar Netam added: “We welcome the fight. These villagers are now holding the ultras responsible for blocking developing and pushing them to verge of starvation.”

The Dantewada district villagers’ fight has claimed 10 lives so far, including that of three Maoists. The fight has spilled to several traditional Maoist strongholds including Surguja bordering Jharkhand.

Besides Chhattisgarh, Maoist guerrillas are also active in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar.

Explosives recovered from dead naxalites' bags

Manipal,PTI :



Recovery of suspected explosives including "plastic tiffin carrier bomb" from the bags of the two naxalites gunned down by the anti-naxal squad in Udupi district recently indicates their being involved in explosives' manufacturing, a top police official said.

Apart from some basic arms and ammunition recovered by the police during the encounter, "explosives like plastic tiffin carrier bomb, transistor bomb, cooling bell switch and some literature on maoist naxalite organisations" were found in the bags of the naxalites, Superintendent of Police S Murugan told reporters here today.



Ballistic experts who visited the spot have also expressed their doubt that the material recovered "might be strong explosives", he said, adding the bomb disposal squad was expected here in a day or two.

Murugan said the police also suspected that one of the two killed might have been an expert in manufacturing explosives.

He asserted that with the recovery of suspected explosives and other literature, "it was now established beyond doubt that the naxalites were into manufacturing explosives and were being trained by some anti-social organisation in it." The two naxalites were gunned down by the anti-naxal squad in Shankarnarayana forest area in Udupi district in an encounter on June 23.

However, joint combing operations have been intensified and plan is also afoot to face any possible retaliatory moves by the naxalites following encounter, Murugan said.

Meanwhile, the bodies of two naxalites identified as Umesh from Moodigere taluk in Chikmagalur district and Ajit from Belgaum, kept in the KMC hospital, were handed over to their relatives today, he added.

State still open for talks with Naxalites : Dharam

Saturday June 25 2005 00:00 IST

BANGALORE: Calling upon the people's representatives from Naxal affected region to face the threatening letters from Naxalites bravely, Cheif Minister N Dharam Singh has reiterated that the State Government was still open for talks with Naxals, if they give up weapons.

Speaking to mediapersons in his residence office -- Krishna here on Friday, Singh has deplored them for using the letter for gaining publicity.

``Who will not get a threatening letter. Even I get such threatening letters and I cannot make it public. Those in public life should face it bravely,'' he said.

When asked if he would give special protection to people's representatives, Dharam shot back ``for how many people we can give special protection?''

The Government is making efforts to control the Naxal menace and there is no question of going back in this. However, Keeping the Thursday's incident in their mind, where two Naxalites were killed in police encounter, they (Naxals) should come forward for talks, he said.

Reiterating his statement that the Naxal problem was result of socio-economic problem in the region, Singh said that the Government had taken up many programmes for welfare of tribal people living in Kudremukh forests. ``The programmes will be implemented one by one and we can not do it over night. Government needs some time,'' he added.

Complimenting the police involved in the Naxalite encounter, Singh said that Government would continue with anti-Naxal operations.

17 ultras killed along India-Nepal border

Saturday, June 25, 2005,New Delhi:The Security forces gunned down at least 17 ultras, including three cadres of the Maoist Communist Party of Nepal, in a fierce encounter in Madhuban town under East Champaran district along the Indo-Nepal border.
The massive police operation was launched after the Nepalese ultras and CPI (Maoist) went on rampage on Thursday evening in this small village, close to the India-Nepal border.

During the operation, extremists decamped with Rs 12 lakh from a bank besides arms and ammunition from security forces, torched the police station building and damaged and looted the houses of Mukhiyas of Madhuban and Kouria Kajraha as well as that of RJD MP Sitaram Singh, his petrol pump and the showroom of a motor cycle dealer.

This was the first incident were the Nepalese and Indian extremists had been jointly involved. It also confirms reports of close co-operation between the Naxalite groups of the two neighbouring countries. Besides, the Nepalese extremists, ultras from Jharkhand and Bihar were also part of the attack.

Concerned over the infiltration of the Nepalese Maoists in the Indian territory, the Home Ministry has sought a report from the Bihar Director General of Police AR Sinha, sources said. Top police and intelligence officials are camping in Madhuban and the Indo-Nepal border has been sealed. One battalion of central para-military forces had been requisitioned from the state police. The police seized two SLRs, one regular gun and 250 rounds of live cartridges from the site of the gunbattle. DIG of Police for Champaran range SK Bharadwaj said bodies of ten civilians, including two women, were recovered from various places in and around Madhuban.

Bihar police and CRPF lost one jawan each besides the bank security guard who was shot dead on Thursday, while two beheaded bodies of extremists were also recovered. A woman from Parsaunia village was also killed in the crossfire. At least three Nepalese Maoist and 14 Indian extremists including a woman, were killed and their bodies had been sent for postmortem, the police said. Search was on to locate the bodies of other ultras killed in the encounter. All the six security personnel, including three from the CRPF who sustained injuries during the encounter.
(Source : Pioneer News Service)

UDIPI : Killed Naxals are from Chikmagalur, Belgaum

Saturday June 25 2005 12:05 IST

UDUPI: Two Naxalites killed in the encounter with the police at Devarabalu have been identified as Umesh Banakal, a graduate from Moodigere in Chikmagalur. The other is said to be Ajith Kusubi from Belgaum.

Their bodies have been shifted from the government hospital, Kundapur to Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, for post-mortum. Umesh had bullet wounds on the left ear, left leg and left hand.

Ajith was wounded in the abdomen and the right under arm. Udupi superintendent of police S Murugan who had called a press meeting at 4.30 pm on Friday to give more information about the incident, abruptly cancelled it.

Anti-Naxalite squad commandant Jayaprakash Nayak told this website’s newspaper the on phone that the bodies have not been identified and the name of the group to which the deceased belonged was not known.

When this correspondent asked Nayak as to why the photograph of the face of one of the Naxalites was not released to the press for identifying the body, he said: ‘‘That should have been done by the local police. We do our job and go ahead.’’

Asked whether there was any proof to show that the Naxalites had opened fire at the police, he said there were eyewitnesses.

Meanwhile, ballistic experts from Bangalore have arrived to Devarabalu to inspect the encounter site.

Two sickles, two rods, sticks, woollen garments were recovered from the accused apart Maoist literature. While Vanshi Krishna has been facing several charges including murder and dacoity, no such case was found against Sanjay Deepak Rao who hailed from Maharashtra. He is an electrical engineer.

Arrested were produced before the court at Molakalmur on Friday. The Court remanded them to Police custody for a day

Combing operations stepped up inKarnataka after naxal shoot-out incident

Udupi: UNI

The Special Task Force, deployed in the Western Ghats to flush out Maoist extremists, have stepped up combing operations.



The Special Task Force, deployed in the Western Ghats to flush out Maoist extremists, have stepped up combing operations, after the encounter on Thursday last in which two naxalites were gunned down.

The two naxalites, who were killed in the encounter with the police at an isolated house in Shankaranarayana forests in Udupi district, were involved in blowing-up a ramp belonging to the forest department, Superintendent of Police Murugan told reporters here on Saturday.


He said the deceased were unofficially identified as Umesh (22), from Chikmagalur district and Ajith Kusubi (23) from Belgaum district. Their identity could be confirmed only after the relatives claim their bodies, kept at the Kasturba Medical College hospital at Manipal in the district.

The two naxalites had earlier escaped during a combing operation at Rattadi in Kundapura taluk of the district, he said.

Giving details about the joint encounter by the District Anti-Naxal Squad and Anti-Naxal Force at Devarabalu on Thursday last, Mr Murugan clarified that the squad had no prior information about the naxals' visit to the house. During routine combing operations, they had found that naxalites were visiting the village for getting food and other requirements.

Based on the information, the squads split into groups and started combing the area. On June 23, one of the groups, engaged in combing operations at Kattinadu in Halliholt village, came across an isolated house of one Naik at 2:00 pm. While a few policemen hid themselves in a cow shed near the house, the others visited the house to enquire if there was any problem in the area. Around 2:30 pms, 10-12 armed naxalites approached the house and on seeing the police, opened fire at them. The police returned the fire, killing two of the ultras on the spot. However, the other extremists escaped into the forest, he added.

Mr Murugan said the police also recovered, among other things, two rifles, two hand grenades, ammunitions, cartridges and some Maoist literature from the bags of the deceased. Ballistic experts doubt that the seized material might be strong explosives, he added.

Meanwhile, police said it had been established that about 40 to 50 naxalites were wandering in three dalams (Groups) in Chikmagalur, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Shimoga forests and were often visiting isolated houses in these areas for food and other requirements.

They also revealed that while one dalam comprised 22 members, the other 13 and the third one seven-eleven members.

All the ultras were youngsters and reportedly lacked experience which came in handy for the police to intercept and capture them.

Tribals vow to combat Naxalite terrorists

HT Correspondent
Jagdalpur, June 23, 2005

CARRYING OUT their anti-Naxalite movement, tribals held their ninth meeting on Wednesday at Bhairmagarh and vowed to fight the left ultras to the finish. South Bastar is tense, as the villagers have raised a banner of revolt against Naxalites following the landmine blasts and violent incidents in the previous week that led to several deaths of tribals.

Naxals had also abducted five heads of villages. Villagers armed with bows, arrows and axes marched deep within forests to ensure safe return of people from the grip of the Naxals. Several villages have been evacuated.

Women and children have been sent to safer places as the anti-Naxal movement has gained momentum. Newly appointed Minister of State for Home Ram Vichar Netam visited the area and met angry tribals on Wednesday.

The tribals’ meeting was attended by thousands of villagers of 25 villages including Sarpanchs and Janpad members. The members took an oath before their deities that they would kick out the Naxals even at the risk to their lives. There was anguish that the Naxals have disrupted their traditional cultural activities and offerings and halted progress.

Mandhar Nag, Sarpanch, Bhairmagarh Vikram Mandavi, Janpad president and Sudruram, Sarpanch of village Satwa, were among others who addressed the meeting. During the meeting, the villagers stated that they would march ahead to drive away and eradicate the Naxal menace from their soil.

They also urged the government to provide assistance to them including arms as Naxals are equipped with modern weapons. Villagers said that they would first accost the Sangham members and try to bring them back into the mainstream.
Minister Kedar Kashyap also addressed this meeting, stated that the villagers have come forward against injustice and terror.

“The State Government is prepared to provide assistance to villagers at all levels to fight the Naxal problem,” he declared. MLA Chitrakute, Lachhuram Kashyap also addressed the meeting.

A senior police officer of Bastar stated that this revolt of tribals has put the Naxals under pressure. Minister of State for Home Netam toured South Bastar and met villagers at Nemed and Bijapur.

While speaking to media persons in Dantewada on Wednesday, Netam said that the State would help the villagers, as their movement is against outlaws. He further announced that for development of the Bastar’s backward areas an action plan is being prepared and will be implemented soon.

DGP O P Rathore endorsed Netam’s plan of action.

Four arrested belong to radical group in AP: IGP

Saturday June 25 2005 11:59 IST

CHITRADURGA: The four persons arrested on the outskirts of Boganahalli village, Challakere tlauk on Thursday belonged to a radical group from Andhra Pradesh operating in the border between Karnataka and AP.

IGP (Eastern Range) G M Hayath, talking to reporters here on Friday, said the literature available with the arrested persons had established this fact. He clarified that there was so far no naxal activity in Chitradurga district. However, if necessary, anti-naxal team might be sent to the district in future.

Arrested persons were identified as Vanshi Krishna, an activist of N P Mandal Raitha Kooli Sangram Samithi of Kadiri taluk in AP, Venkatesh of same organisation of Rangachedur village, Rayadurga taluk, Ananthpur district, Ningappa of same village and Sanjay Deepak Rao of CPI (ML) from Thane district of Maharshtra. Another was absconding.

These were engaged in popularising Maoist movement in the border villages. Since they did not have money, they were planning to do dacoity when Police arrested them, Hayath said.

Two sickles, two rods, sticks, woollen garments were recovered from the accused apart Maoist literature. While Vanshi Krishna has been facing several charges including murder and dacoity, no such case was found against Sanjay Deepak Rao who hailed from Maharashtra. He is an electrical engineer.

Arrested were produced before the court at Molakalmur on Friday. The Court remanded them to Police custody for a day.

Anti-naxal Task Force provided with modern arms: Hayath

Saturday June 25 2005 12:00 IST

DAVANAGERE: Modern arms and ammunition including AK-47s are provided to the special Anti-naxal Task Force created under the SPs in each of naxal affected districts, claimed IGP (Eastern Range) G M Hayath.

Talking to reporters here on Friday, he said youths selected for this task force were given suitable training too.

Agreeing that naxals carried modern arms and ammunition, he said therefore an Andhra Pradesh model training was given to members of Anti-naxal Task Force in his Range.

Parrying a question on how many were recruited for the task force, he only said sufficient number of youths were taken.

He added that the Department had definite clues and information about naxals, their movements, their sympathisers in Shimoga, Bellary, Chitradurga and Davanagere districts.

After two died in an encounter in Udupi districts, the police were alerted in Shimoga and Bellary districts and they were asked to keep a watch on naxal sympathisers in Chitradurga and Davanagere districts, he said.

When his attention was drawn to the complaint by Minister Bhagirathi Marulasiddanagowda that the police were harassing women and children, Hayath said the police was sensitive while interacting with women and children.

It had never harassed any woman or organisation, said IGP (Eastern Range) G M Hayath.

However, agreeing that Police should not have arrested Mahila Jagrithi activists in the open in Davanagere, he said the Police was asked not to repeat such incidents.

Naxalite supporters PUCL protest Udipi encounter

Udupi: Police in Bad Light After Naxal Encounter


Daijiworld News Network - Mangalore [VM] Posted at 03.15am, IST, June 25

Udupi, Jun 25: The Karnataka Janapara Vedike, Manava Dharma Jana Jagruthi Vedike and People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) have alleged that the police had intentionally shot down the naxals during the Devarabalu encounter that took place on Thursday even though there was a chance for the police to catch the naxals alive .

Speaking to presspersons, Manava Dharma Jana Jagruthi Vedike District president Sriram Divana termed the encounter as fake. Stating that there was no firing from the side of the naxals, Divana added that the police could have caught the two naxals rather than killing them. "The situation in which the bodies were found was also planted. Had the police taken an interest in the case, the two dead bodies of the naxals could have already been identified," he alleged.

A judicial inquiry as announced by the district in charge minister should be conducted into the incident and a case should be filed against those police officers who participated in the encounter, he urged the government.
A fact finding committee comprising representatives from Chikmagalur, Shimoga and Bangalore districts will visit the spot at Devarabalu where the encounter took place on Sunday.

National Human Rights Commission constituted by the government in its order has made it clear that the police cannot say that they had fired for self protection, till it is proved in the court. Hence, we demand that no incentives or medals should be announced for the police personnels who participated in the encounter, he demanded.

Police Encounter: Two Naxals Gunned Down Near Kundapur


Daijiworld News Network - Mangalore [VM] Posted at 00.20am, IST, June 24

Udupi: Two naxals were shot down in a police encounter at Devarabalu forest area around 45 Kilometers away from Kundapur taluk under the Shankaranarayana police limits. The encounter took place in front of the house of Narasimha Naik on Thursday.

The incident took place when a team of 10 to 15 police personnel comprising of Anti Naxal Force and Anti Naxal Squad led by Reserve Sub Inspector Guruprasad had gone to the house of Narasimha Naik a villager at Devarabalu after receiving a tip off that the naxals would visit the house on Thursday morning at around 10.30a.m.

The naxals who were eight to ten in number had reportedly gone to Narasimha Naik's house to ask the members of the family to prepare the afternoon lunch. However the dead bodies of the naxals between the age of 25 years are yet to be identified. Others have escaped and the police kept on firing which lasted for many hours. The naxals were equipped with three weapons including two guns and one rifle. However, it is reported that no firing took place from the naxals' side. The encounter started around 10.30 am but the police kept on firing till 5.30p.m.

For the last many days combing operations have been taking place in various places of Kundapur taluk including Hallihole, Narsipura and Devarabalu areas following the reports that naxals were moving in a group in these areas.
District Incharge and Tourism Minister D T Jayakumar who visited the spot appreciated the team for its work. He has ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident. Western range inspector general of police Satyanarayana, Superintendent of Police S Murugan, visited the spot.

Friday, June 24, 2005

India, Nepal Maoist launch joint terror

Statesman News Service

PATNA, June 24. — In the first ever joint attack launched by Indian and Nepalese Maoists rebels yesterday, some half dozen government and bank offices, apart from the houses of MPs in East Champaran district were damaged and 10 persons killed. This is a clear indication of CPI (Maoist) attempts to create a Nepal-like situation in Bihar. Unofficial sources, however, put the toll at 21.

Police have confirmed the hand of Nepali ultras in yesterday’s raid in which female cadre also participated. The attack triggered panic in the entire north Bihar bordering Nepal. Till reports last came in, bodies of seven extremists, including that of Moiuddin Mian who founded the movement in North Bihar, have been recovered.
Combing operation is still on to track down the militants who are reported to have taken shelter in the neighbouring districts. Senior police officers told The Statesman today that such a devastating operation could not have been possible without the guidance and the participation of the Nepali Maoists whose links with the Indian Maoists are well established now. The very statement confirms the CPI (Maoists)’s earlier proclamation to create Nepal-like situation in the whole of the country.

Soon after the merger of the MCC and the People’s War early this year the new group was later named the CPI (Maoist). A top Naxalite leader, Mr Vijay Kumar Arya, while talking to this correspondent had said that the organisation was carrying out some Nepal-like raids in this country.

Orissa : Security forces’ close brush with armed Naxals

A joint team of Sundargarh police and CRPF had a close brush with 15 armed Naxalite on Thursday between Raibeda and Kalaiposh. It took place when the team reached the spot where the ultras had intercepted a trader while his vehicle was being loaded with kendu leaf.However, the trader escaped narrowly as the Naxals retreated into the forest after spotting the security personnel. Although a combing operation was launched soon after, the security personnel are yet to nab any of them.

It's now a Maoist jihad that makes India stunned

IANS[ FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2005 01:35:51 PM ]

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PATNA: The Centre has ordered a high-level probe after a large number of Maoist guerrillas ran amok in a Bihar district bordering Nepal reportedly killing up to 21 people.


The central home ministry asked the Bihar administration how the Maoists, apparently in hundreds, launched a massive onslaught in East Champaran district on Thursday afternoon, virtually taking over the Madhuban block for hours.

The attackers included several woman rebels dressed in military fatigues.

While a senior police officer put the death toll at around 15, other reports from the economically backward region spoke of at least 21 fatalities.

The attackers were from the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), which has close links with Maoist guerrillas in neighbouring Nepal.

This is the first time Indian Maoists ganged up in such numbers to stage a daring attack on government institutions, banks and the local treasury anywhere in the country since the Maoist movement broke out in 1967. Such attacks are common in Nepal.

"The police are busy preparing a detailed report on the attack for the home ministry," a state home department told IANS.

Police officials could not explain how Maoist rebels entered the area in hundreds without setting off a major alert and had a free run.

"It is a matter of serious concern how the police were in the dark," one officer said.

Bihar police chief Ashish Ranjan Sinha said the police had killed over a dozen rebels and recovered the bodies of seven.

Apparently, over 300 Maoist guerrillas, including dozens of women in olive green military uniform, Thursday afternoon attacked the Madhuban bazaar, opened fire to create panic and set fire to the police station and block office, killing two policemen and a bank guard.

They also looted cash from a bank and attacked a petrol pump owned by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP from Sheohar, Sitaram Singh.

The rebels exploded bombs, looted four rifles and ransacked the local branch of State Bank of India, Central Bank and local treasury as a part of their daredevil operation.

The guerrillas also bombed the house of Sitaram Singh and his neighbour and looted cash and jewellery.

"The Maoists did the looting for over 90 minutes without any police action," a district official said.


One source close to the RJD leader said Nepalese Maoists were also involved in the attack.

Naxal rampage leaves 21 dead in Bihar

Naxal rampage leaves 21 dead in Bihar

Patna, June 24. (AP): Twenty one persons died in the first coordinated attack involving both Indian and Nepalese communist militants, police said.

Security forces fought rebels in a fierce, all-night gun battle ending early today near India's border with Nepal all through Thursday night, with the encounter ending only early today.

The gun battle was triggered when some 400 suspected Maoist rebels attacked a police station and two state-run banks in Bihar state's Madhuban village on Thursday, said Director-General of Police Ashish Ranjan Sinha, the state police chief.

The battle in Madhuban - 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of Patna, the capital of Bihar - killed 17 militants, two police officers, one paramilitary soldier and a security guard at a government bank, said Sinha. The identity of the dead rebels could not be independently verified.

Clear proof of joint operation

"The bodies of seven Maoists have been recovered, and a search is on for the rest," said Sinha.

Citing officers' accounts and local intelligence, he said almost 100 Nepalese Maoists, who are fighting in the neighboring country to topple the constitutional monarchy, were involved in the attack. Nepal and India have an open border that straddles hundreds of miles of lower Himalayan terrain.

"The participation of Nepalese Maoists has been proved. This is the first time" they were involved, Sinha said.

The federal home ministry has sought a report on the attack from the government in Bihar - considered India's most lawless state.

PTI adds: Massive combing operation on

Meanwhile a PTI report said that the authorities had launched a massive combing operation to flush out the Maoist rebels, official sources said.

District Development Commissioner (DDC) Lalan Singh, who is officiating as District Magistrate, told PTI that Indo-Nepal border along the district had been sealed and CRPF, Bihar Military Police, Special Task Force and district police contingents fanned out across East Champaran to raid suspected Maoist hideouts.

An additional company of CRPF has been rushed here from Jehanabad to assist in the combing operations.

Hundreds involved in rampage

Hundreds of heavily armed naxalites belonging to CPI(Maoists) went on the rampage at Madhuban bazaar about 60 kms from here, around 1.30 pm and opened fire scaring away the people.

The naxalites set ablaze the police station and shot dead a policeman and a CRPF jawan, besides looting six rifles, two carbines and a huge quantity of ammunition. Two policemen were seriously wounded by the naxalites.
The Maoists hurled bombs and fired at the house of RJD Lok Sabha member from Sheohar Sitaram Singh, who was not present at the time of the incident.

The naxalites stormed the State Bank of India branch in the market complex owned by Singh and looted Rs three lakh after gunning down the bank security guard.

They then stormed the local branch of Central Bank and decamped with Rs eight lakh.

The Maoists also fired at the petrol pump owned by the MP but nobody was injured, the DDC said.

FEAR OF NAXALS :: SIPCOT to wind up Bargur project

SIPCOT to wind up Bargur project
Friday June 24 2005 11:14 IST

However, SIPCOT would sell the undeveloped lands in the proposed Bargur industrial estate by inviting tenders in the near future, an official said. Fear of Naxal activity is one reason why industrialists did not set up units here

HOSUR: The lands acquired in Bargur constituency for promoting industrial estate through State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) will be disposed of, thanks to the lukewarm response by the industrialists in the region.

The move marks full stop to the industrial project in Bargur once and for all. The decision to dispose of SIPCOT lands was revealed in a Public Accounts Committee review meeting at the Krishnagiri Collectorate on Wednesday.

Hosur in Krishnagiri district serves as the main industrial hub for the automotive segment in the country. When Jayalalitha had won in Bargur in the 1991 Assembly elections, the Government acquired nearly 1,200 acres of barren lands in Bargur region to set up a world class industrial estate. But the people in the region did not show much interest in the project.

One top bureaucrat in SIPCOT’s Krishnagiri division, who requested anonymity, said industrialists were afraid to start units in Bargur for fear of Naxalites in the region.

Moreover, the industrialists were moving to Karnataka due to more subsidies offered to the units started in the Bangalore industrial estate.

However, SIPCOT would sell the undeveloped lands in the proposed Bargur industrial estate by inviting tenders in the near future, an official said. Fear of Naxal activity is one reason why industrialists did not set up units here

Seven dead as MCC NAXALS go on rampage in Patna

EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE


Posted online: Friday, June 24, 2005 at 0207 hours IST



PATNA, JUNE 23: Seven people were killed in an MCC strike at Madhuban town in East Champaran today. The nearly two-dozen Naxal squad was locked in a gunbattle with the police as reports last came in.

Around 1.30 pm, the gang including six women came in a jeep and motorbikes. They attacked the block and anchal offices and ransacked the house of RJD MP Sitaram Singh and the targeted local mukhiya Sitaram Singh. Property worth Rs 4 lakh was looted from Singh’s house.

The Naxalites then broke into two banks after killing the guard and took away Rs 4 lakh and a computer. Naser Hussain, a guard at the anchal office, was killed. They then targetted the thana. The mayhem continued for almost two hours before reinforcement arrived from district headquarters and took on the Naxalites

Police kill two Naxals near Udupi

DH News Service Mangalore:


Two Naxals were killed in an encounter at Devarabalu, about 85 km from Udupi on Thursday afternoon between 2.30 pm and 3 pm.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Inspector General of Police (Western Range) H N Satyanarayana Rao said the police, acting on a tip-off, that a group of Naxalites were planning a visit to Devarabalu village, hid in the house of one Narasimha Naik.

Mr Naik’s house stands alone in the middle of the dense forest.


“The police suspected that the Naxals will visit the house of Mr Naik for food or water as it was the only house in the area,” he said.

The Naxals reached the house minutes after the police hid there, according to the IGP. The Naxals, who saw the police at the last minute, opened fire.

The police opened fire in retaliation, and in the melee, two Naxals were killed on the spot. But, the others managed to flee the scene.

One of the suspected Naxals is said to be around 30 years old and the other around 25.

Both were carrying rifles and their identities are not known, police said.

According to sources, some 25 policemen from the Anti-Naxal Force and the Anti-Naxal Squad from Udupi district had formed three groups and were waiting for the Naxals at Kabbinale, Devarabalu and a nearby place.

The encounter took place in a remote place and to reach there one has to travel to Hallihole which is about 60 km from Udupi. As the spot is about 16 km from Hallihole, it took some time for others including officials to reach there.

Minister, IGP visit spot

Udupi District-in-Charge Minister D T Jayakumar, who was on his way to Kollur, changed his programme to visit the spot.

While congratulating the police team on behalf of the State government, he urged Mr Naik’s family and others to give more details about the Naxals if any. “We are there with you and you need not worry,” he said.

Speaking to media persons there, Mr Jayakumar said a judicial enquiry will be conducted into the incident. He also said the government will take stern action to curb the Naxal menace.

Let them (Naxalites) hold talks with the government. The path they have chosen is not right in a civilised society,” he said.

Inspector General of Police (Western Range) H N Satyanarayana Rao and Udupi Superintendent of Police S Murugan were present when the minister visited the spot. Udupi Head Quarter Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner Naga Naik, Kundapur Assistant Commissioner Madan G Nayak and JD(S) District President Deviprasad Shetty accompanied the minister.

The fear factor

Despite efforts by media persons as well as the police, the locals out of fear for the Naxals as well as the police, did not divulge any details. In fact, Mr Naik and his family members preferred to remain silent though the incident took place hardly 10 metres away from their house.

Interestingly, though the incident occurred around 3 pm, most of the villagers learnt about it only when people from outside arrived there. Most of the villagers belong to the backward Hasla community.

DGP seeks people’s help to end Naxal menace in Andhra

Friday June 24 2005 01:53 IST

KURNOOL: State Director General of Police (DGP) Swaranjit Sen called upon the public to cooperate with the police in putting an end to the Naxal menace in the State.

He attended the funeral rites of revenue sub inspector Narsimhulu slain in an encounter at Kadapa were held here on Thursday.

Later, speaking to newsmen, the DGP said Naxals would face dire consequences i they resorted to violence and disturbed the law and order in the State. Accusing the militants of committing several heinous crimes, he warned them that they would be eliminated without any discrimination. He said the department was working within the perview of the law.
He announced an ex gratia of Rs 9 lakh for the sub inspector’s family and assured the family members that all necessary help would be provided by the Government.

He participated in several developmental programmes in the district. He inaugurated police quarters and a police station building constructed at a cost of Rs 15 lakh in the city. He also laid foundation stone for a police station building at C Belagal.

TRS chief seeks more time as Naxals set ultimatum

Our Political Bureau

New Delhi, June 23 With the Naxals’ threat sending shivers across the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) cadre, its chief and Union minister KC Chandrasekhara Rao on Thursday appealed to the Maoists “for patience” and not to harm his partymen, assuring that his party was “very close to achieving the dream of a separate Telangana state via parliamentary process.”

The TRS chief has been holding parleys across political parties during the last fortnight in the backdrop of the naxals having set June 15 as the deadline for all TRS elected representatives to quit “as there was no progress on the Telangana statehood front.” Besides, with one TRS activist being killed and many party functionaries quitting their posts following the ultimatum, the party cadre has become jittery.

Making an emotional appeal to the naxals via the media, Mr Chandrasekhara Rao said, “I appeal to our naxal friends not harm our party workers. Kill me first if you want. We are very close to our goal through the political process and quitting the posts at this juncture will harm the cause.”

Thursday, June 23, 2005

People fight Naxals in Chhattisgarh

DH News Service ,Raipur:

One of the people’s anti-Naxal groups is said to have killed two Naxalites.



Thousands of people in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar area have decided to hunt down Naxalites and bring an end to the menace.

Buoyed by this unprecedented situation, the Chhattisgarh police have decided to offer weapons to anti-Naxal groups and appoint people involved in the action as special police officers.

The Naxal ‘farmaan’ banning tendu leaf collection and weekly markets, has proven suicidal. Tendu leaves are used as a wrappers in ‘beedi’. Tendu leaf collection is the only economic activity the tribals are involved in.


With the Naxal ‘order’ in place, the tribals started finding it difficult to make both ends meet. This led to a villagers’ revolt. This year the state government has decided against granting collection contracts to private parties. Government agencies would be engaged for the job.

Police sources say that Naxalites can extort money from private contractors but not from the government agencies.

The Naxalites hoped that the people would come out against the government and compel it to hand over the collection to private parties, but their plans backfired and now the Naxalites are in trouble with people hunting them down. Villages under Madded, Geedam, Bhairamgarh, Kutru and Kotrapal areas of Dantewada district are in the thick of action.

The movement that started at village Pharsegarh in Dantewada district has spread to other villages. Villagers are getting in touch with anti-Naxal groups of adjacent villages as well. Three days ago thousands of villagers of Bhairamgarh, Kutru and Kotrapaal areas, on their way to Farsegarh to hold a huge meeting, came under Naxalite attack. Police say that only two persons were killed and eight others injured. Deaths and wounds have not deterred the villagers and they are going full hog against Naxalites and are fighting a do-or-die battle, challenging the three-decade-old Naxal Raj. This group is learnt to have killed two Naxalites and around 10 Sangam members.

This situation looks a boon for the police who were finding difficult to enter the villages till now. DGP O P Rathor while talking to Deccan Herald said that the state government has decided to provide weapons to the people fighting battle against the Naxalites and would appoint special police officers much on the lines of peoples’ anti-militancy operation in Jammu and Kashmir.

To assess the situation, Home Minister Ramvichar Netam, DGP Rathor and the Additional DGP of Special Armed Forces S K Paswan visited the villages on Tuesday.One of the people’s anti-Naxal groups is said to have killed two Naxalites.

Mao: man and myth

Mao: man and myth


Eamonn McCann

23 June 2005
Jung Chang and Jon Halliday reckon that if Mao is roasting in hell it's too good for him.

Their book, "Mao: The Unknown Story", has been received with raptures of approval.

At 800-plus pages, it's massive and meticulously researched, drawing on interviews and archives available to no previous biographer of the Chinese leader.

Chang, author of the hugely successful "Wild Swans", and her historian husband spent 10 years assembling their information.


The pair estimate that Mao was responsible for around 70 million deaths, which would put him well ahead of the field in the list of the last century's mass killers.

They reckon he was driven not by ideology, much less love of human liberation, but by obsession with personal power. They claim he had old comrades, close friends, party colleagues - anybody at all, really- slaughtered at a whim when they stood in his way. That he was brutally abusive to women who loved him, coldly uncaring for the children he fathered.

That he despised the peasantry whose cause he is conventionally said to have embraced.


Far from the Chinese Communist Party anointing him with affectionate reverence, on this account he kept control over the vast apparatus by ruthless manipulation and terror. None of the great achievements which have been attached to his name, say Chang and Halliday, were achievements at all, but disasters misrepresented for myth-making purposes.


The least offensive thing they can find to say about Mao is that he didn't take a bath for 25 years.


There's no doubt it's mostly true. But the book doesn't have the magisterial authority which has widely been ascribed to it. It takes far too much on trust.

The pair base many of their facts on single, anonymous sources. Researching in a closed, authoritarian society, this may be understandable. But it doesn't make for dependable history.


It's unsettling, too, that the authors appear to believe that they are revealing a Mao never previously exposed. But Halliday was based in London in the 1960s and on the board of New Left Review - at that time, a semi-Maoist journal. He must surely remember bitter disputes between those on the Left who, like himself, believed that Mao, whatever his faults, was a colossus of socialism, and those who argued that China, far from providing a model for the future socialist society, was a State-capitalist hell-hole.


He will remember, too, that the thrust of the Left argument against Mao was that he represented the interests not of the mass of the people but of a layer of privileged people who had battened on the peasantry and used nationalist ideology to fuel their ambition of ruling over a major world power.


Chang, in very different circumstances, was something of a Maoist herself in the same period. In "Wild Swans", she has described with marvellous eloquence how, as the daughter of a senior Communist Party official, she was indoctrinated into "Mao Thought" as a student.


Understandable that both should believe, or want to believe, that Mao's China was a place unknown. But this means - and it's the book's biggest flaw - that they miss out entirely on what hasn't changed.


The class which came to power under Mao is still in power, in very different global circumstances. They haven't ditched their goal of making China a mighty economic and political power. But now they seek to achieve this ambition through active participation in the world market.

Their jostling with the US, Europe and Japan concerns the terms of their participation.



Something of what this means for the Chinese people became clear in the revelation that millions of the white wrist-bands distributed in connection with Make Poverty History had been produced in China by near-slave labour on less than a dollar a day. Like so much else from China which increasingly finds its way into our eager markets.


Neat timing to produce a book presenting Mao as a near-mythical monster from a dark past.

Joint action team formed to empower tribal youth in AP

Visakhapatnam, June. 23 (UNI): A joint action team led by police and comprising revenue, tribal welfare, social welfare and health departments has been formed to work out ways to generate employment for tribal youth and identify land for distribution among the landless tribals in Andhra Pradesh.

Keeping in view the Naxal movement in the State and to check tribal youth from joining insurgent activities, the police was organising joint visits of the officials to study the problems faced by tribals and to give tribal youth social and economic empowerment, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Vishaka range) N Madan Mohan, said here today.

Speaking to UNI yesterday he said under the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) the tribals of North coastal districts of Visakhapatnam, Viziyanagaram and Srikakulam had been given training to help them get employment in different fields.

So far, 400 youth were trained in house keeping, catering, driving and security services. Some of them had even attended the selection process to be appointed in the Andhra Pradesh police force. The training programme would be a continuous process and the youth would be accommodated in various fields, for which the department was consulting many prospective employers both in the private and public sectors.

The main emphasis of the State Government was to provide education for tribal youth and free lands for the landless poor.

He said in order to face insurgency related problems the police was working on having better coordination with their counterparts of neighbouring States like Chattisgarh and Orissa, where the naxal problem was as serious as it was in Andhra Pradesh.

Recently, a meeting was held in Hyderabad attended by top officials of naxal affected States like Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra where coordination with other States was discussed in detail. The police was awaiting the guidelines to be framed by the Centre to tackle the naxal issue in these States.

Instruction had been given to all police officers and personnel working in agency areas not to harass innocent tribals in the name of investigation, he said.

On a large number of seizures and recoveries of explosives like landmines and claymore mines in the recent times, he said "We have recovered a large quantity of explosives and the local people were now coming forward to help the police more than earlier with information about arms dumps and other naxal activities."

On continuing combing operations to tackle naxal related violence, he said special parties had been deployed in most agency areas affected by the naxal movement depending on the needs and they were working in tandem with the anti-insurgent crack force Grey Hounds.

Villagers killed three Naxalite guerrillas , naxals kiled 7 villagers

10 die as Raipur villagers turn against Maoists

Indo-Asian News Service

Raipur, June 23, 2005



At least 10 people have been killed as villagers in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region have turned against Maoist guerrillas, accusing them of blocking development work.
According to officials, angry villagers killed three guerrillas of the Communist Party of India-Maoist in the past week. The rebels in turn killed seven villagers.

The villagers have reportedly accused the guerrillas of committing acts that have pushed the poor to the verge of starvation.

The unprecedented development has no doubt pleased the state administration. It is the first such showdown between the Maoists and villagers, who are otherwise considered the backbone of the Maoist movement.

"It is surprising and pleasant that villagers have realised that development activity suffers heavily in rural belts because of Maoist ultras," Home Minister Ramvichar Netam said.

"We completely back the people and are ready to provide all support to them to weed out Maoism," he added.

He said the police had recovered seven bodies of villagers from forest areas of Dantewada district. He said all of them were killed by Maoists for revolting against the guerrillas.

Netam added: "The police have stepped up searches in areas currently witnessing fights between villagers and Maoists.

"We want to see such fights in all the nine districts where Maoists enjoy local support," he said.

Maoist guerrillas are intensely active in Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.

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Indian villagers rebel against Maoists:-
RAIPUR, India | June 23, 2005 3:11:21 PM IST

SOURCE: (UPI)

At least 10 people were killed as locals in India's Chhattisgarh state rebelled against Maoist guerrillas, accusing them of blocking development work.

Angry villagers killed three guerrillas of the Communist Party of India-Maoist in the past week. The rebels in turn killed seven villagers in the southern woodland area of the state, the Indo-Asian News Service reported Thursday.

This was the first such showdown between the Maoists and villagers, who are otherwise considered the backbone of the Maoist movement.

The villagers accused the guerrillas of committing acts that have pushed the poor to the verge of starvation.

It is surprising and pleasant that villagers have realized that development activity suffers heavily in rural belts because of Maoist ultras, said Ramvichar Netam, the state's minister for home affairs.

Maoist guerrillas are intensely active in the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh and receive tremendous support from the backwards villagers in the region.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

WB to coordinate with 13 ultra-hit states to tackle Naxalism

KOLKATA, JUN 22 (PTI)
For an effective check on the naxalite menace, the West Bengal government will coordinate with 13 affected states in launching operations against the ultra outfit according to the decision of the Coordination Committee of these states.

West Bengal Home Secretary A K Deb said today that the Coordination Committee had formed a joint task force to facilitate direct intelligence sharing and operational planning at a meeting of the 13 states in Hyderabad recently.

Directors-generals of police, chief secretaries and home secretaries of West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand attended the meeting.

Observing that the police chiefs of these states would exchange information before starting operations, Deb said the states would coordinate with each other in launching anti-naxal operations to derive 'effective results'.

Meanwhile, a high-level meeting, convened by Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee, was held here during the day to review law and order in the state.

The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary A Gupta, Home Secretary A K Deb, DGP S C Awasthi and Kolkata police chief Prasun Mukherjee.

Deb said the meeting centred around overall law and order in West Bengal.

One Maoist NAXALITE killed near farmhouse of Andhra Pradesh CM

One killed in encounter near AP CM's farmhouse
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Hyderabad, June 22: In a fierce exchange of fire between police and Maoist Naxals near the farmhouse of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in Cuddapah district, a reserve sub-inspector of police (RSI) was killed today, police said.

Acting on a tip-off that Maoists were about to target the farmhouse owned by Reddy, police intensified combing operations and were engaged in an exchange of fire with the ultras near Reddycheruvu, about 20 km from the farmhouse, early this morning.


Additional police forces had been deployed near Reddycheruvu since yesterday, senior police officials told reporters from Cuddapah.


In the ensuing exchange of fire between police and ultras, the reserve sub-inspector Narasimhulu died on the spot, police said, adding that senior police officials have rushed to the spot.


After the talks between Maoists and state government broke down, Maoists had given a deadline to TRS, an ally of ruling Congress in the state to withdraw from the government and eliminated lower rung TRS leaders in Karimnagar and made their intention of resorting to violence by killing three activists in Prakasam district in the past one week. (Agencies)



Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Special allowance for cops in Naxal-hit areas

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2005 01:48:35 AM ]


LUCKNOW: The state government has sent a proposal to the Centre for its approval to give special allowance to police personnel posted in districts faced with naxal problem.


Giving this information here on Monday, principal secretary, home, Alok Sinha said that the state government has proposed to give additional 30 per cent of basic salary as special allowance to all policemen posted in naxal infested areas. In this regard, a green signal from the Union government is awaited. Apart from it, policemen posted in these districts would be covered under a special insurance scheme, which the state government intends to implement soon.

Sinha, who returned to the state capital on Monday after attending a meeting of principal secretaries and state police chiefs of naxal affected states in Hyderabad, said that the Union government had lauded the efforts of the state government in carrying out development work on war-footing in naxal affected areas as the same has helped the state to effectively deal with this problem. This was evident from the fact that no new incident related to naxals was reported from January 2005 onwards.

The principal secretary said that besides development work, the state government had spent over Rs 4 crore for equipping the police with modern weapons and gadgets under the 'police modernisation' plan in the previous fiscal

Home ministry felicitates widows of slain cops

JAIDEEP DEOGHARIA

[ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2005 02:36:27 AM ]

Surf 'N' Earn -Sign innow

RANCHI: "I would never have allowed my son to join the same police service in which I lost my husband. But after I got the appointment letter for 'child police', I had to change my mind. I am now happy that that my child will get free education," said Vinita Devi, wife of the late Navin Choudhury, who was killed in a landmine blast in the Saranda forests in April 2004.


She was here to attend the ceremony organised by the Jharkhand police to felicitate dependents of the policemen who were killed in various Naxalite activities. The department distributed cheques worth Rs 1.5 crore to the dependents of 14 policemen as salary dues.

Vinita Devi was one among those 17 mothers who were facing a piquant situation after their children were given appointment letters as "child police". "I don't know how to express my feelings. On the one hand we are happy to be recognised as family members of a martyr but on the other hand memories of my husband make me depressed," said Suryavanshi Devi, wife of the late Rambadan Singh of Gumla.

The state police have made a unique arrangement to provide employment to minor children of policemen killed as "child police". This scheme was introduced in the erstwhile Bihar and is helpful in education of the children. They are later posted in SP offices of their respective districts and they complete their education under the guidance of the SP, said home secretary JB Tubid.

Once these children pass their matriculation examination and attain the age of 18, they are absorbed in the police department. Till then they are paid half the salary of a policeman.

Talking to ToI the state home minister said the decision to felicitate the dependents of policemen is a fresh beginning. For the first time, the ministry of home has made an effort to come closer to the family members of the martyrs.

Dependents of 130 policemen killed in Naxalite activities were felicitated on the occasion among which two were of DSP rank, seven were police inspectors, and eight were sub-inspectors, four assistant sub-inspectors, 20 havildars, 88 policemen and one peon.

These 130 people laid their lives in various Naxal operations since the year 2001. While 26 were killed in 2001, 55 in 2002, seven in 2003, 33 in 2004 and nine in 2005. The department announced to organise similar programmes every year.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Don't buckle under naxal threat: Jana

Special Correspondent


NEW DELHI: The Home Minister, K. Jana Reddy, on Monday appealed to all political parties not to come under pressure from naxalites who had threatened to attack some leaders recently.

While assuring that the State Government would provide security to political leaders on the basis of threat perception, Mr. Reddy said the naxalites killing of innocent people was just to remind about their existence. Responding to questions on the recent threat of naxalites asking TRS leaders to resign or face consequences, Mr. Reddy said he was appealing to the parties not to bow to the pressure.

The Government was prepared to talk to them provided they come

TRS leaders Pleads with Maoists not to kill party cadre

TRS leaders offer to resign for Telangana

Special Correspondent

Pleads with Maoists not to kill party cadre


HYDERABAD: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Ministers offered to resign their posts if it helped achieving statehood for Telangana. "Can anybody say how long it will take to achieve statehood after we resign?" TRS Ministers, G. Vijayarama Rao, V. Laxmikantha Rao and A. Chandrasekhar, and other senior leaders asked at a news conference here on Monday.

They said the UPA sub-committee on Telangana held the key to the future of the party. The TRS would decide its future course of action as soon as the panel submitted its report. So, where was the need for the Maoists to serve the party an ultimatum, they asked. They also said the ultimatum was unwarranted at a time when the movement of TRS had peaked. Appealing to the Maoists not to kill the party cadre, they asked if they were `enemies'.

Joint task force to crack down on Naxalites in Jharkhand

JOY SENGUPTA
Ranchi, June 20: The Centre has decided to set up two units of the joint task force to crack down on Naxalites in Jharkhand, even as three such previous exercises by the state became a cropper.

According to police sources, the units of the joint task force would be sent to six states — Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.

The force will mainly concentrate in blocking the routes of the Naxalites, they informed.

“Normally it is seen that after committing an ambush or an explosion, they cross borders and move off to other states. This force will stop this movement. The whole thing is under process and we are coordinating with the neighbouring states in this connection”, said a senior police officer.

The new force, yet to have a name, comes after the three forces — “Commando”. Special Task Force (STF) and the “Sangel” — formed by Jharkhand police over the last three years to counter rebel attack failed to yield any result.

According to some officials, these steps are just an attempt to “pat one’s own back”. Neither the Commando nor the STF and not even the recently formed Sangel have succeeded in tightening the noose round the rebels.

T.P Sinha, the second director general of police (DGP) of Jharkhand, had formed Commando in 2002 to counter Naxalite movements. But soon it lost its sting. At present, the force looks after the security of the VIPs, and MLAs.

Next came DGP R.R Prasad who formed the Special Task Force with a new zeal in 2003. Nine companies of STF were raised keeping the rebels in mind. But the personnel now go along with the ministers and are also used in the mobile police stations.

DGP Shivaji Mahan Caire formed the Sangel in February this year. It promised to deal exclusively with the Naxalites in the state. Around seven companies of Sangel were raised.

A senior police officer said: “I don’t know whether the new one will prove to be of more help or not. Just look at the earlier forces. They have almost become defunct now.”

Inspector-general of police (operations) R.C Kaithal did not agree to this. “We have been successful in countering the Naxalites to a great extent after the incorporation of these forces. The Commando and the STF are still in operation. They are not defunct at all,” he said.

Eight killed in Naxal attack

HT Correspondents
Raipur/Jagdalpur, June 20, 2005


NAXALITES UNLEASHED a reign of terror, killing at least eight villagers and injuring 100 others near Kotrapal village of Kutru police station in Dantewada district for opposing their anti-development activities on Sunday night, according to police. Many villagers are still missing.

The assault occurred when people of 45 villages of Dantewada district were returning after attending a meeting called to oppose naxal movement in their areas, police sources added. The ultras attacked villagers with cane, bows and arrow, rifles and triggered landmine blasts.

Bastar range IG M W Ansari said that an FIR has been lodged with Kutru police about the attack. He has instructed the district police to fortify security in the wake of the incident and collect further details to bring back normalcy in the region.

According to information in the State Capital, around 3000 villagers had gathered at Taalmendri and Matwada villages where they unanimously resolved to boycott Naxalites.

Villagers were angry with the Naxalites for banning plucking of tendu leaves and not allowing weekly markets, the main source of income for the tribals, sources said.

After villagers held similar meetings in Kutru, Bedre, Pharsegarh and Jangla police station areas of Dantewada district, the Maoists attacked the villagers near Kotrapa village. In another Naxal attack on Saturday villager Pandu of Nemed village was killed.

Entire district is tense following the gory incident. On Monday evening a mob of over 1000 angry tribals gathered at Matwada police station raising slogans against naxals and demanding prompt action against the assailants.

The frenzied mob also burnt houses of a number of Sangham members the Naxalites’ associates.

Monday, June 20, 2005

NAXALITES attacked Villagers , killed 1 , 32 Injured , 20 missing

One killed, 32 injured, 20 missing after Naxal attack
Tuesday June 21 2005 00:00 IST
PTI

RAIPUR: A villager was killed, 32 other injured, six seriously and 20 were reported missing since Sunday after Naxals attacked villages in Dantewada district for opposing their activities in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, police said on Monday.

The incident took place near Kotrapal village of Kutru police station area after people from 45 villages of Dantewada district in a meeting decided to oppose Naxal movement in their areas, police sources told PTI.

"The ultras attacked villagers with cane, bow and arrow, rifles and triggered landmine blasts in which one person was killed, 32 injured and 20 missing," sources said adding six seriously injured villagers were admitted to Bijapur Hospital.

Bastar range IG M W Ansari told PTI that an FIR has been lodged with Kutru police about the attack.

Villagers were angry with the Naxalites for banning plucking of tendu leaves and not allowing weekly markets, the main source of income for the tribals, sources said.

After villagers held similar meetings in Kutru, Bedre, Pharsegarh and Jangla police station areas of Dantewada district, Maoists attacked the villagers near Kotrapa village.

"Naxalites are opposing construction of roads to villages fearing it would lead police to their door step, but lack of roads and other amenities have of late angered the villagers a and they are making Maoists responsible for that," they said.

Lack of development coupled with Naxal ban on plucking tendu leaves, one of the major source of income for the tribals, has angered the villagers against the Maoists and they have started regrouping against the ultras, they said.

Chhattisgarh Naxalites recruiting women, children

Raipur | June 20, 2005 6:43:58 PM IST


Raipur, June 20 : Maoist rebels are recruiting children and women in large numbers in Chhattisgarh, the state's new Home Minister Ramvichar Netam said Monday.

"We have definite information that Maoists have launched a major recruitment drive for children and women to strengthen their base in Bastar (bordering Andhra Pradesh), and Surguja (which touches Jharkhand)," Netam, who was appointed Saturday after a cabinet reshuffle, told IANS.

He said police would soon conduct door-to-door visits in remote and backward Maoist-infested areas to stop guerrillas from "forcibly recruiting child and women cadres".

He stated that the home department favoured launching an awareness drive in the Surguja and Bastar regions to convince local people not to support Maoist rebels and work with the government for speedy development.

Chhattisgarh is one of the states worst hit by Maoist extremism. A recent intelligence report compiled by state police says that the rebels could command 60 percent of Chhattisgarh by 2010 if decisive action was not taken against them. The rebels already hold sway over nine of the state's 16 districts.

(IANS)

ORISSA : Anti-Naxal squad on the anvil

Statesman News Service

BHUBANESWAR, June 19. — The Central government’s refusal to waive the expenses on deploying three CRPF battalions in the Naxalite-affected areas of the state has, apparently, forced the state government to think of raising its own force to deal with the ultras.
According to officials, three CRPF battalions are presently deployed in the Naxalite-dominated areas of the state who carry out combing operations and raids. A sum of around Rs 50 crore is being spent on their salary and boarding expenses, which the state government is supposed to bear. However, pleading its inability to foot the bill in view of the funds crunch, the state government has been urging the Centre to waive the bill and bear the entire expenses.
A few months ago, chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik had requested the Union home minister Mr Sivraj Patil to waive the bill. The Union minister had reportedly assured the government that the Centre would consider the proposal.
But the Centre turned down the plea and started adjusting the amount from the Central and Plan assistance for the state, a senior official said, adding, that already around Rs 3 crore had been deducted.
The state has an outstanding bill of Rs 45 crore in addition to the current bill of Rs 50 to 51 crore per annum.
In this context, the state government is contemplating raising its own battalions instead of bearing the expenses on CRPF deployment. Recently, the state government has urged the Centre to depute personnel having expertise in anti-extremist operations to train the state police in this regard and lead the anti-Naxalite operations in case of necessity.

Agency lands may turn barren, courtesy Naxalite threats

Monday June 20 2005 12:42 IST
KHAMMAM: Many non-tribal farmers are unlikely to continue their cultivation this year in the agency area due to intensified threats from Naxal groups. It may be recalled that thousands of farmers from Prakasam, Guntur, Nellore, Krishna, West Godavari and East Godavari districts have been continuing cultivation in the agency area for decades by obtaining land from tribals on ‘rent’.

Though the 1/70 Act prvents non-tribals to cultivate tribal lands due to failure of the successive governments since last three decades they were able to continue their domination in the agency area.

Several attempts made by pro-tribal outfits failed to persuade the government to act and decide the ownership of tribal lands.

Under these circumstances recent Maoist groups intensified violent activities in the agency area have been creating hardships to non-tribals.

For the last couple of years Naxal groups have been warning non-tribals to vacate the agency areas leaving the field to the genuine tribals.

Increase in naxal attacks worries police in Vidarbha

Rediff

June 20, 2005 17:08 IST


The increase in naxal attacks on police and civilians in Maharashtra's Vidarbha region has law enforcement agencies worried.

There have been at least 15 incidents of violence involving Naxalites over the past five weeks. The incidents have claimed the lives of 14 persons, including 12 policemen.

Significantly, the Naxalites seem to be concentrating on Gadchiroli district. All the incidents occurred in Gadchiroli, except one in Gondia district.

This is in spite of the fact that Chandrapur and Bhandara districts are also considered Naxal-infested.

This may only be a coincidence, but naxal activities in the region increased suddenly after the infamous killing of a tribal, Shankar Parkiwar, by the police in Vyankatapur village in Gadchiroli district on May 3, 2005.

Who are the Naxalites?
One version of the incident says Parkiwar's wife was caught having an affair with a police officer, Bhausaheb Magre, while another says that Magre had tried to outrage the woman's modesty.

Parkiwar was enraged when he found his wife in a compromising position with Magre and beat him up.

He retaliated by opening fire, leading to Parkiwar's death. The police are now trying to cover up the whole affair by labelling Parkiwar a 'naxal sympathiser'.

Whatever the truth, the incident sure triggered a string of other incidents in the region, beginning with the blowing up of a gram panchayat building in Kamlapur (Gadchiroli district) 10 days later, on May 13.

The incidents have continued unabated since. The Naxalites who torched panchayat buildings at three more places were involved in encounters with the police on five occasions.

The Naxalites killed two persons suspecting them to be police informers. They also killed a police officer in an attack on a police outpost, and triggered three landmine blasts that claimed 11 policemen.



The sudden increase in naxal activities has affected the morale of policemen in Vidarbha, especially those deployed in the dense forests of Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Gondia and Bhandara districts.

Police officials admit the fact in private conversations.

There have been reports that the arms and ammunition supplied by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence to militants in the northeast, especially the United Liberation Front of Asom, have found their way to Maoist groups in the country.

Some of the weapons are suspected to have reached naxalite groups in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

The Centre has alerted all naxalite-infested states, including Maharashtra, about the passage of weapons. Of course, the police in Nagpur say that there has been no 'significant evidence' to suggest that arms and ammunition from Pakistan are being used by naxalites in Vidarbha.

"However, we are taking all the necessary precautions and preventive measures," a senior police officer said.

Central India News Service

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Udupi: Dist Administration Submits Rs 2.40 Crore Proposal for the Naxal-affected

Daijiworld News Network - Udupi (VM)

Udupi, Jun 19: Deputy Commissioner T Shyam Bhat informed that a proposal for a total sum of Rs 2.40 cr for three years has been sent to the government under the package announced by the government for the development of naxal affected areas.

Addressing the press meet, DC Bhat said the proposal has been submitted as per the directions of state Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department. The proposal included construction of three bridges, hostel, school, road and water supply project for the naxal affected 20 villages, he added.

Meanwhile, people living in the Kudremukh National Park, in the jurisdiction of district, have refused to vacate but the government would provide housing facilities for those who would like to be relocated. Around two hundred fifty families are residing in the district that come under the jurisdiction of Kudremukh National Park, he said.

Indian police arrest three suspected communist guerrillas from Nepal

(AP)

19 June 2005


NEW DELHI - Indian police on Sunday arrested three suspected communist rebels from Nepal who had sought medical treatment in India, a report said.

Acting on a tip, police raided a house rented by the suspected guerrillas in Nawtolia, a town in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

The three were wounded in a recent battle with Nepal’s army, PTI quoted local police as saying.

The Maoist Communist Center, a militant group that operates in five southern and eastern Indian states, supports the communist insurgency in Nepal, which has killed more than 11,500 people in the Himalayan state since 1996.

Last week, local police arrested another suspected rebel from Nepal at a private hospital where he was being treated for injuries.

Officials in Nawtolia, about 900 kilometers (560 miles) east of New Delhi, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Travel is quite easy between the two countries as Indians and Nepalese don’t need passports to cross the long, porous border.

Nepal has complained that communist rebels take refuge in the bordering Indian states of Bihar and West Bengal after carrying out attacks on government forces in the Himalayan nation.

You asked for CRPF, now pay: tells centre

Bhubaneswar
Saturday June 18, 2005


You earned it, bear it. That appears to be the attitude of the central government towards the rising Naxal problem in Orissa.

By InsightOrissa Bureau



You earned it, bear it. That appears to be the attitude of the central government towards the rising Naxal problem in Orissa. The Centre has virtually turned down the request of the State Government to bear the cost of the CRPF deployment in the Naxal infested districts of Orissa In fact, the Government of India (GOI) has already deducted an amount of Rs 3 crore from the central assistant meant for the policing of the State towards the pending CRPF deployment cost.



This development has puzzled the State Government because Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, during his Orissa visit in February, had categorically assured Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik that Centre would favourably consider Orissa’s need on the Naxal issue. The State Government had requested the GOI to bear the cost of deployment of paramilitary forces (CRPF) in Naxal affected districts and waive the loan outstanding of Rs. 45 crore incurred on this head since 2001.



According to sources in the home department, the State Government has to spend nearly Rs 17 crore per annum for deployment of one battalion of CRPF. While two battalions have been pressed into service in southern districts of Malkangiri, Rayagada and Koraput, one battalion is engaged in combating MCC menace in Sundergad, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts. Given the attitude of the Centre, the State has to cull in resources to the tune of Rs 51 crore per annum exclusively for CRPF deployment, said a senior home department official.



Meanwhile, Central Government has constituted several task forces involving 12 Naxal affected states to fight the growing menace of left-wing extremism. Orissa has been chosen to simultaneously represent two task forces, one involving Jharkhand and Bihar and the other being Andhra Pradesh, Maharastra and Chhatisgad, because of its extent of infestation and strategic location vis-à-vis other states. This was decided in a coordination meeting of 12 Naxal affected states and the union home ministry at Hyderabad, informed Director General of Police Bipin Behari Mishra.